Definition: The intentional prevention of conception through the use of various devices, sexual practices, chemicals, drugs, or surgical procedures. This means that something (or some behavior) becomes a contraceptive if its purpose is to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. There are several types of contraceptives that have been officially labeled as such because they have shown reliability in preventing conception from occurring.
Pronunciation: con·tra·cep·tion (kŏn'trə-sĕp'shən)
Also Known As: Birth control, family planning, contraceptives
Examples:Couples use contraception to avoid unintended pregnancy.
- Griswold v. Connecticut - Landmark Supreme Court case, decided on June 7, 1965, that paved the way for the legalization of contraception.